Author Alicia D. Williams is the author of the powerful debut novel, Genesis Begins Again. Her book tackles many issues, but it's hard to ignore the role of colorism in this book. I spoke to Alicia about the reasons why this theme came easily to her, the similarities between her and Genesis, and how she balances work as a middle-grade history teacher with writing.
January was a great month for reading! I read 15 phenomenal books including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, adult fiction and non-fiction. Read to see my five favorite reads in January.
How to launch a freelance career, the editing society in Nigeria, two favorite podcast episodes, and a list of Caribbean books to look out for in 2019.
Helping kids enjoy reading is so close to my heart. Sometimes teachers and parents focus too much on teaching kids to pronounce words, and not enough on enjoying stories. Chapter books are a great next step once your child starts to want longer stories. You can either read them to your kids or let them [...]
Anissa Gray's debut novel is a powerful look at the ways only family can hurt us. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls boasts a lineup of compelling women with serious, complex issues.
A (not by any means exhaustive) list of 18 superb young adult novels by black authors featuring black protagonists. Get stacking!
I spoke to Farafina managing editor, Enajite Efemuaye about her (very cool) job, how she got there, her work in training editors, and book publishing in Nigeria.
The list includes memoirs, middle-grade novels, YA, and of course, literary fiction.
In Genesis Begins Again, thirteen-year-old Genesis grapples with intense self-hate worsened by her father's verbal abuse and her grandmother's backward ideologies about skin color.
If you're on the hunt for novels featuring characters dealing with mental illness, today's your day. My favorite thing about these books is that while accurately depicting the struggles of mental illness -- from OCD to anxiety and major depression -- they're hopeful.